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Last updated: 02 March, 2023

Surely no wildlife experience rivals an encounter with these magnificent, mesmerising and fascinatingly human-like beasts. Trek up rainforest-covered volcanoes for an unforgettable few hours watching them feed, play and strut. Africa adventure travel expert Sue Watt recommends the best places to do it.

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Rwanda [mountain gorillas]

Volcanoes National Park , Northern Province, Rwanda

Bucket List Experience

Rwanda’s Volcanoes trek has the become the most luxurious – and expensive – of the gorilla experiences, often combined with safaris elsewhere. This is where to come to ‘do it in style’.

Best for ages: 15+ | £1,000 | 3-8 hours

The Congo [lowland gorillas]

Odzala Kokoua National Park, Cuvette-Ouest, Congo, Republic of the

Bucket List Experience

A true wilderness adventure – a trek through Congo’s rarely-visited Marantaceae rainforest to see western lowland gorillas on 4 to 11 day organised trips.

Best for ages: 16+ | £1,000 | 4+ days

Uganda [mountain gorillas]

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region, Uganda

Bucket List Experience

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas. Spend 1-4 unforgettable hours with them, and help contribute to their conservation.

Best for ages: 15+ | £500 | 3-8 hours